Wow! I can hardly believe it’s time to show you what I’ve been working on these past few months! I’ve been working with two very talented graphic artists, husband and wife team Mikhaela Reid and Masheka Wood. Cake would not be Cake without their hard work.
Mikhaela brought the lovely covergirl Penelope and her back-view-buddy Esme to life and designed the cover art for the pattern. I knew from the beginning that I wanted cover art rather than photos, and I am so lucky Mikhaela wanted to work together on the project. We drew inspiration from 1930’s DuBarry envelopes as well as vintage comic book covers. I look forward to future collaborations, Mikhaela is an absolute joy to work with.
She also cracked open my head and scooped out all the relevant information for the back of the envelope (the Cake site is still very much a WIP, so I blacked out the site printed on the envelope back). I love it! I can’t wait to see it printed on an envelope and packed with pattern tissue! Mikhaela blogs at Polka Dot Overload and has a very cool day job working for Doctors Without Borders. I’ll be showing you some of Masheka’s incredible work for the instruction sheet later on in The Circus.
Mikhaela and Masheka know how to create great covers and illustrations for print, so I knew that side of the work was safe in their hands after our time put in on Skype and epic email threads.
About the Pre-Sale
Producing a paper pattern incurs certain production costs. I have long admired the American Duchess’ work and her character. Lauren designs historical shoes with a modern wearer in mind, she started doing it because she couldn’t find the shoes she wanted. I really admire that. She crowd-sources design and sizing, and before sending a new design to be made, she runs a pre-sale to cover production costs. She also patiently answered my pre-sale questions and encouraged me to keep going. Thanks, Lauren! Cake Patterns aren’t as expensive as shoes to produce, but I wanted to run my own pre-sale as a way to offer you a good deal on an indie pattern and to offset the printing charges.
150 Pre-sales will cover the printing production costs of the Tiramisu pattern. Please help me out by spreading the word through Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and forums. My passion is to dress you well and create a lovely sewing experience for you.
My approach to sizing and instructions are a little bit different. For one, the “sizes” are labeled as your actual measurements. I spent some time thinking through how to make this work for a dress with a midriff section and decided that rather than assign each bust size a waist measurement, I would do something different:
This is a draft of the back midriff piece. You will note it does not have a side seam. You draw your own side seam! The dots at the top indicate the “bodice” size, and the triangles at the bottom show your waist measurement. Connect them for a perfect side seam! I thought this would be the simplest way for you, the sewist/sewer/seamstress at home to customize your size.
Also, I built a “fit check” step midway into the pattern, and the Tiramisu construction leaves the side seam til last- this means you can customize your ease preferences quite simply without distorting the design of the pattern!
During The Circus, I’ll be introducing you to Tiramisu, to Cake, and providing guides and tutorials for working with knit fabrics. Towards the end of The Circus, I have a video in the works for knit hemming / handling, and a special look at the upcoming patterns in the works! I appreciate that this is the first pattern offering from a new company, and I want to be sure you don’t feel like you don’t know what you’re purchasing- I want to show you exactly what Cake is all about.
Enough about that, where’s the pre-sale?
The pattern will ship in early November (barring any unfortunate events) and I will keep you all in the loop about exact shipping dates. I’m running the pre-sale through Etsy- it’s easy, it’s tidy, and I’ll be able to focus my attention on building the Cake site once Tiramisu goes to print. Check it out!
I also really, really appreciate all the support and enthusiasm you’ve shown me for this project. This would never, ever, in a million years have happened without you! Thank you! You make me want to make the best. patterns. ever.
Tomorrow: The “Cup” Sizing and Proportions for Tiramisu, Explained
Then Later: Fielding Testing Designs, Or- My Husband Thinks I’m Crazy
Even Later: My Red-Striped Tiramisu And Fabric Giveaway!
And oh, dear me, so much more!
Posts during The Circus will be much more daily than my current posting habits, but shorter than usual. Except this one. I am sure you understand!
Time to go kick up my heels! This song has been in constant rotation on my playlist lately, along with the Charleston and Can Can and some Japanese stuff…